My Sharona chords by The Knack


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My Sharona | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: Drums :|| x4
||: G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | C Bb (F#) :||

Verse 1

| G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | C Bb (F#) |
Ooh my little pretty one, pretty one. When you gonna give me some time, Sharona?
| G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | C Bb (F#) |
Ooh you make my motor run, my motor run. Gun it comin’ off the line Sharona.

Bridge 1

| G5 | G5 |
Never gonna stop, give it up. Such a dirty mind.
| Bb5 | Bb5 |
Always get it up for the touch of the younger kind.
| C Eb | Eb F |
My my my i yi woo.

Chorus 1

| G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | C Bb (F#) |
M M M My Sharona.

Verse 2

| G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | C Bb (F#) |
Come a little closer huh, ah will ya huh. Close enough to look in my eyes, Sharona.
| G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | C Bb (F#) |
Keeping it a mystery, gets to me. Running down the length of my thighs, Sharona.

Bridge 2

| G5 | G5 |
Never gonna stop, give it up. Such a dirty mind.
| Bb5 | Bb5 |
Always get it up for the touch of the younger kind.
| C Eb | Eb F |
My my my i yi woo.

Chorus 2

| G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | G5 |
M M M My Sharona. M M M My Sharona.

Solo 1

||: Csus4 C Ebadd9 | Ebadd9 Eb F Eb F | G5 | G5 :|| x3
| Csus4 C Ebadd9 | Ebadd9 Eb F Eb F | D5 | D5 (F#) |

Instrumental 1

||: G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | C Bb (F#) :||

Verse 3

| G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | C Bb (F#) |
When you gonna give it to me, give it to me. It is just a matter of time, Sharona.
| G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | C Bb (F#) |
Is it just destiny, destiny? Or is it just a game in my mind, Sharona?

Bridge 3

| G5 | G5 |
Never gonna stop, give it up. Such a dirty mind.
| Bb5 | Bb5 |
Always get it up for the touch of the younger kind.
| C Eb | Eb F |
My my my i yi woo.
| G5 | G5 |
M M M M M M M M.
| C Eb | Eb F |
My my my i yi woo.

Chorus 3

| G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | G5 (F#) |
M M M My Sharona. M M M My Sharona.
| G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | G5 |
M M M My Sharona. M M M My Sharona.

Solo 2

||: C G/C | F/C G/C :||
||: C G | F G :|| x27
| C G | F G | D5 | D5 N.C | 2/4 N.C |

Instrumental 2

||: G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | G5 (F#) :||

Outro

| G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | C Bb (F#) |
Ohhhhh, ah. My Sharona.
| G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | C Bb (F#) |
Ohhhhh, ah. My Sharona.
| G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | C Bb |
Ohhhhh, ah. My Sharona.



My Sharona Chords: Learn the progressions


The Knack‘s worldwide hit My Sharona is built around a chord riff consisting of an octave bass (G) and two quick chords that feel like V – IV, CBb, like this:

||: G5 | G5 (F#) | G5 | C Bb (F#) :||

This is very angular as V – IV, CBb are from the key of F. Once the bridge enters, things get even stranger as we initially feel the comfort of a G Minor Pentatonic, like this:

| G5 | G5 | Bb5 | Bb5 | C Eb | Eb F |

GBbC is G Minor Pentatonic, Eb and F are IV and V from the relative major key of Bb, again, angular. We call this a modal interchange.

Chorus 1, 3, and outro are the same as the initial riff, chorus 2 leaves CBb out.

To summarise, what we have so far is fragments of:

  • G Minor Pentatonic
  • F major (C – Bb are V – IV)
  • Bb major (Eb – F are IV – V)

Next up we have the first solo, here the chords go a bit nuts again, like this:

||: Csus4 C Ebadd9 | Ebadd9 Eb F Eb F | G5 | G5 :||

This is a combination of F major (Csus4, G octave riff) and Bb major (EbF is IV – V). The last two bars go to D5, sending us back to the G riff.

I guess we could say most of My Sharona is in G Dorian. Then using a modal interchange, we go to G Aeolian/Bb Ionian.

Finally, the 2nd solo is yet another modal interchange to G Mixolydian as the chords are now from C major:

||: C G | F G :||

All this means that My Sharona is a feast in modal interchange. G is Dorian, Aeolian, and Mixolydian depending on where you are in the tune.

Clearly, The Knack did not write My Sharona with their music theory hat on. They moved to chords they liked the sound of. Music theory is a descriptive art form, not an exact science.

If you choose to use it to your advantage in your next punk-influenced band, it’s probably best not to tell your bandmates about it.



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